CRETIN: /kret'in/, /kree'tn/, n.
Congenital loser; an obnoxious person; someone who can't do anything right

CONCRETIN: /kahn'kret'in/, /kahn'kree'tn/, n.
Cretin who loves to skate concrete

Saturday, June 03, 2006

New Jersey Report

or perhaps it should be entitled, my trip into Bon Jovi Land. Anyone who likes Bon Jovi would love the radio stations out there. They play his music all the time. The good news about New Jersey, however, is that it is full of places to skate. There was a park five minutes away from my brothers place. After getting lost on the garden state parkway(seven lanes per side), I finally found Sayerville. The park was nearly empty and I was riding well. I didn't ride the oververt, but then I normally stay away from that anyway. It was a lot like Nashville's flow area. Nice transitions, easy to ride, everything flowed together...if your in New Jersey stop there.

The next park on my list was in Flemington. Pay park, 6 foot, street course, indoors, helmets required, lots of kids following me around with a video camera asking me how long I had been skating and all that. I could have skipped this park. From what I understood, most of the east coast parks are a lot like this one. Some place to drop off the kids. With all the places to street skate, the best skaters don't really hang out at the parks. FDR, on the other hand, wasn't like that at all.

Philly is not the kind of place you would want to drop your kids off at while you went to the mall. This is no doubt the roughest park I have ever seen. Brick coping, tight transitions, graffiti everwhere... It was awesome. I took a hipper within ten minutes of being there. Some other guy went over his handlebars and left a pool of blood at the bottom of one of the bowls. I'm sure this park has had it's share of carnage. I heartily recommend this park to everyone. As the graffiti says, Get your Gnar on.

As I still had 700 something miles to go to get home, I took a short cut through Athens, OH. It was somewhat of a let down after FDR. It was also hot. I crossed the Appalachian to find it summertime in the mid-west. Athens was built by the same guy as Sayerville, yet it wasn't as much fun to me. Perhaps I was just missing Louisville by then.

A good trip overall, but now that I'm home the real business has to begin. Ramp building is awesome, but taking one apart is a sad event. With luck, it will be rebuilt and better than ever next weekend.


  • At 3:58 PM, Blogger Nikoli said…

    Excellent report MoFo! Alice enjoyed the BonJovi comments... she also pointed out that he gave NJ rights to use a single ("Who says you can't go home") in their tourism campaign, which is PART of the reason you see/hear so much of it there. 100,000,000 fans can't be wrong. It's still funny.

    Welcome home and looking forward to thrashin' on Sunday, and the rebuild. Hope I can be at least adequate assistance...

  • At 6:54 PM, Blogger gimpinainteasy said…

    Welcome back Mofo. That's awesome that you got to hit FDR as well as some other parks. I want to skate FDR so bad after reading this. I'll get my chance at the end of July hopefully. Haha, yeah Philly definitely aint the place to leave the little ones unattended.

    I'm working overtime all weekend and won't be able to make it down to the Ville. Sucks, but I will definitely be down in a couple weeks to skate your "new" ramp and the following week for the Dew Tour. Can't wait.

  • At 7:40 PM, Blogger Nikoli said…

    SURE you're coming down next week... SURE... I believe you... I'll meet you at the park, like I did for the video premier... punk.

  • At 8:50 PM, Blogger Skidzilla said…

    In Indy you get John Cougar (hell - even Kentuckiana for that matter). In Jersey you get BonJovi. Either way you get sick.

    Glad to see you home in one piece, Mr. MoFo!

    MoFo say: Veni, Vidi, Bleedy - I came, I saw, I SK8D (Hey, Nick! New Shirt Slogan!)

  • At 10:02 AM, Blogger gimpinainteasy said…

    HaHa. Sorry Nick. I'm a poor muther f-er and I've got a vacation coming up AND 2 weekend trips in a row to Louisville coming up this month so I gotta make some bank to pay for this shit. Nobody's more heartbroken not to make it down there than I. See you all soon.

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